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Tourist shop hit

Tuesday, 5th March, 2013

Daydream Mine’s Jason White at the attractions store yesterday. Daydream Mine’s Jason White at the attractions store yesterday.

By Kurtis J Eichler

A popular Silverton tourist attraction will increase its security following a brazen robbery that left its owners $1600 out of pocket.

Police yesterday said they were no closer to finding the alleged offenders, who broke into the Daydream Mine tourist shop on the night of February 22.

Jewellery to the value of $1200 and a large amethyst cave were stolen.

Operator Beth White said the break-in had forced her to look into extra security, including closed circuit television cameras.

She said the thieves would have planned their heist because of the 12.5km stretch of unsealed road needed to travel along from the Silverton Road.

"The station owners look out for us and if they see people out there they tell them to go, but this guy came after dark."

Ms White said the padlock on the gate was cut to gain access to the area.

At a recent Silverton Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee meeting, Ms White's husband Kevin asked project owners AGL whether contractors would have their own security.

"That's a big worry for us," he said "because there's going to be a lot more movement".

Ms White said there wasn't an increase in crime around Silverton.

"This is just someone who's a bit of an opportunist."

The Daydream Mine was voted by travellers guide 'Lonely Planet' as the secondbest thing to see in Broken Hill behind the Sculpture Symposium.

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